Home owners across Gedling borough will now be able to extend their properties without the need for a full planning application under rules which have now been made permanent.
Under the rules, property owners can now put a single-storey rear extension on their property of up to six metres for terraced or semi-detached homes – or eight metres for detached homes.
The rules will now make it easier for some people to improve their existing home rather than move.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government also revealed restrictive planning rules have also been axed, to help business owners react more quickly to changing trends on the high street.
Shops will now be able to change to office space without the need for a full planning application.
Changes also allow the temporary change of use from high street uses such shops, offices and betting shops to certain community uses such as a library or public hall.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse said: “These measures will help families extend their properties without battling through time-consuming red tape.
“By making this permitted development right permanent, it will mean families can grow without being forced to move.”
High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said: This fantastic news joins our £675 million Future High Streets Fund and our High Streets Task Force in ensuring our country’s high streets are fit to thrive not just now, but in the years to come.
“Giving greater certainty to property owners and the wider industry, it will also help businesses adjust to the changing needs of the consumer.